One Out of Four Boston Car Accidents Involved Lyft or Uber Drivers
According to a news report published on breitbart.com, a new study states that rideshare drivers from Uber and Lyft were involved in nearly 1,100 crashes in Boston last year.
This accounts for about 25% of all motor vehicle collisions in Boston. So far this year, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities disseminated its annual data report on Lyft and Uber activities throughout Massachusetts for the first time. The annual report shows the number of accidents involving each company's drivers.
The report shows that Lyft and Uber drivers were involved in more than 2,200 motor vehicle accidents across Massachusetts in 2021, and nearly half of those accidents transpired in Boston. The data also shows that Uber and Lyft drivers are especially more likely to be involved in an accident in Boston than in any other place in the state of Massachusetts. MassDOT's crash database registered more than 124,000 accidents in Massachusetts in 2021, and this means that accidents involving a Lyft or Uber driver accounted for only two percent of Massachusetts' total number of car accidents in 2021. That is a substantial difference from the nearly one in four figure within Boston.
The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) issued a statement that "the City of Boston prioritizes safer streets for all." The plan to reduce accidents in Boston includes redesigning roadways to decrease accident risk and discourage dangerous driver behavior. The BTD also stated that most of the street design changes were designed to offer a range of safety benefits that are important for the safe operation of gig-economy companies working on our roadways.
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